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Jun
11
6:00 PM18:00

Joycean Pub Crawl (11 June)

 

Dublin is renowned for its pub culture and, fittingly, Joyce captured a little bit of that culture in the pages of Ulysses. Some of the most important scenes in the novel take place in public houses, whether it’s the famous lunch enjoyed by Bloom in Davy Byrne’s, the musical interlude in the bar of the old Ormond Hotel in the ‘Sirens’ episode or the run-in with the nationalistic Citizen in Barney Kiernan’s of Little Britain Street. So what better way to discuss Joyce than over a few pints of plain?

Join our guide on a tour to some of Dublin's best-loved pubs and learn all about the life and times of the author in the establishments that inspired his work. You'll take in bars like the Gresham Hotel, Mulligan's and of course Davy Byrne's, where Leopold Bloom takes his lunch with a tipple. You’ll have fun, make friends, learn something and most likely forget it again before morning!

 
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Jun
11
3:00 PM15:00

Ulysses: A Visual Schema by James MacDonnell - Talk & Exhibition Launch

 

Shortly before the publication of Ulysses in 1922, Joyce created two schema for the novel to provide a guide to its structure for his friends Stuart Gilbert and Carlo Linati. These guides, though each unique, break the eighteen episodes down by way of their Homeric parallels, timeframe, narrative technique and other distinct features such as dominant colour and bodily organs.

Inspired by the Linati and Gibert Schemata, designer James MacDonnell has created a new ‘visual schema’ for the book. Developing a unique graphical system to represent each episode, MacDonnell’s prints combine to represent a visual representation of the text and present a minimalist interpretation for Joyce’s Ulysses that dispenses with the need for explanatory text or illustrations.

The artist will be joined by acclaimed Irish Joyce scholar Terence Killeen to discuss the value of the Gilbert and Linati Schemata, and how Joyce’s methodical approach to the structure lends itself to a purely visual language.

 
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Jun
11
2:00 PM14:00

The Joyce of Food in Association with Irish Food Trail

 

Food is everywhere in Joyce’s Ulysses, whether it’s Bloom’s pork kidney breakfast, his lunch of gorgonzola and burgundy in Davy Byrne’s pub or the potato he carries in his pocket as a talisman of his Irish mother. Through its focus on the body and its natural processes, the novel constantly reminds us of the significance of food in our lives; at one point, Bloom even makes the lofty claim that ‘peace and war depend on some fellow’s digestion’! Food has also become central to Bloomsday celebrations over the years, so we’re delighted to be collaborating with Irish Food Trail this year to bring you the Joyce of Food, a three hour food and drink tour inspired by Joyce’s Ulysses.

You’ll be brought around to 3 traditional Irish eateries by a local professional guide, who’ll fill in the gaps between stops with a walking tour through the streets of the city providing history, fun facts and recommendations. Each restaurant will provide a different course inspired by Joyce’s work accompanied by a reading of the excerpt from Ulysses to which it relates. Expect gorgonzola, kidneys and even a modern take on the infamous Plumtree's Potted Meat enjoyed by Blazes Boylan in Leopold Bloom's marital bed!

You’ll enjoy starters, mains and desserts all paired with a glass of Irish beer, cider, or wine - you won’t go home hungry!

 
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Jun
11
2:00 PM14:00

James Joyce & the Irish Literary Revival Tour

 
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James Joyce grew up in a Dublin where politics, art and culture were intrinsic parts of everyday life and conversation. Nationalism was on the rise and, in the world of literature, artists were engaging with ideas of Irish identity, experience and consciousness in what was known as the Irish Literary Revival. Joyce was certainly influenced by these themes, but his relationship with his peers and his nation proved to be complex. Join us on a tour that explores how Joyce took inspiration from Revivalists like WB Yeats while also rejecting contemporary artistic trends. We'll also look at Joyce's critical approach to his native city and the factors that led to his decision to live out his life in Continental Europe. Stops on the tour include the GPO, the Abbey Theatre and the National Library.

 
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Jun
11
11:00 AM11:00

Introducing Joyce's Dublin Tour

 

Though Joyce lived most of his life outside of Ireland, Dublin would provide the backdrop for virtually all of his major work. On this stroll around the north inner city, our guide will explain the real-life inspiration behind some of Joyce's most celebrated writing and will show just how central the streetscape of the 'Hibernian Metropolis' is to the author's life and art. The tour visits stops like Joyce's alma mater Belvedere College; Hardwicke Street, the setting for the short story 'The Boarding House'; the Gresham Hotel, the setting of the final and most memorable scene of the short story 'the Dead'; and the James Joyce Statue on North Earl Street. The tour also includes a visit to the site of one of the most famous addresses in literature, No. 7 Eccles Street, and retraces the steps of Leopold Bloom's celebrated journey to buy a pork kidney in the fourth episode of Ulysses. 

 
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Jun
6
to Jun 17

Dubliners Women (6 - 17 June)

  • Bewleys Cafe Theatre, Powerscourt Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
 

After a successful run in December 2016, Sarah Baxter’s Dubliners Women returns to the stage for this year’s Bloomsday Festival. An immersive dive into the hidden worlds of ‘Eveline’, ‘Clay’ and ‘The Boarding House’, three short stories from Joyce’s world-renowned collection Dubliners, this show shines a light on the female narratives in the stories and their resonances with the Ireland of today.

Adapted by Katie O'Kelly

Directed by Sarah Baxter

Cast

Madi O'Carroll, Katie O'Kelly and Gordon Quigley

Costume Design - Barbara McCarthy

Lighting Design - Cathy O'Carroll

Stage Manager - Céin Sookram

Producer - Clara Purcell

Graphic Design - Conor Gallagher

"[This] production of three of Joyce's Dubliners is a credit to the great man..."

"...A delicate, balanced and wistful evening of theatre"

"...[Joyce] would have felt his immortal stories well served by this production, lit as well as it is directed and played"

- THE SUNDAY INDEPENDENT

 
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